What a City is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement (MIT Press, 2016)
Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale (MIT Press, Feb. 2018) Written with Am Johal and Joe Sacco.
On This Patch of Grass: City Parks On Occupied Land. (Fernwood Press, Jan 2019) Written with Selena, Sadie and Daisy Couture with Denise Ferreira da Silva, Glen Coulthard and Erick Villagomez
One Game at a Time (AK Press, 2013)
Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth (AK Press, 2013)
Common Ground in a Liquid City (AK Press, 2010)
Everywhere, All the Time (AK Press, 2008)
Watch Yourself (New Star, 2007)
Field Day (New Star, 2003)
CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS
I have two current major writing/research projects underway these days:
The first is trying to think about urban peripheralization in new ways and with new vocabularies. This book is called Outside the Outside, and will be out with Verso, as soon as this damn pandemic ends and I can complete the last chapter from Kerala/Chennai
The second is a new book Am and I are working on about alternatives to nationalism, community and fascisms, something of a follow-up to Sweetness. It is called O Friends, There Are No Friends and it will be out in 2022 with MIT Press.
ESSAYS / STORIES
I publish a pretty steady stream of essays, commentaries, articles, fiction, stories and features in a wide variety of journals and magazines worldwide. Pretty much of all of it you can find on-line. I’ll post a few here:
This is a 2021 article for Noema Magazine about wildfires and the possibilities of friendship with the other-than-human world.
Here is an October 2018 piece in The Guardian about global warming, wildfires and smugness
This is a January 2018 story in The Baffler called The Mountain of Everything Keeps On Giving about a mine and two little towns in the Yukon
This is a July 2017 piece in the ROAR issue 'The city rises'
In July 2017 I contributed to an on-line symposium on displacement sponsored by MIT's Displacement Research And Action Network (DRAN) called New Directions in Displacement Research
This is a very brief response to the 2017 BC election in Canadian Dimension.
Did the Olympics Make Vancouver a Better City? This was a ‘cover’ story for the Tyee.
Thicker Than Water: Matt Hern Unbottles the Fresh Water Future. This was a cover story for the Vancouver Review.
Ready to Rumble. This was a feature for Vancouver Magazine looking at the arrival of the UFC to our fair shores and how it challenges our scrubbed clean investor friendly city.
No Recipe for Funk: Matt Hern Asks How A City Gets Some Flavour was feature piece in The Vancouver Review: http://www.vancouverreview.com. The Globe and Mail Featured the article as its Read of the Week. Read the review. Read the first couple of pages.
The ‘Healing’ of Stanley Park and the Culture of Nature was published in three parts in Re: Place magazine.
SELECTED INTERVIEWS / MEDIA
This is profile and review of What a City is For titled 'East Vancouver Scholar Matt Hern Highlights Bigger Issues Underlying Gentrification'
Here's another review of What
An interview about What a City is For is here (tune in at 51:30)
An interview about the origins of Car Free Days: http://www.straight.com/news/923931/car-free-days-vancouver-fuelled-imaginative-rebels-cause
A talk about displacement at SCARP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWHpQGD8GOY
In conversation with Elizabeth Spavento about sports in Drain Magazine - here
A Feature about me in Vancouver Magazine:
YouTube of me talking about Car-Free Vancouver Day
Two videos of me speaking at the AERO conference in Albany, NY: